Russian Meat and Vegetable Stew (Soljanka)
- For the stew
- 1 onion
- 2 red Bell pepper
- 100 grams Bacon
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 80 grams Tomato paste
- 800 milliliters Beef broth
- 100 milliliters Pickle juice
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 Pickled cucumbers
- 150 grams cooked Meat (such as chicken or beef)
- 150 grams Smoked pork chop
- 100 grams Whipped cream
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- freshly ground peppers
For the stew: peel onion and cut into strips. Rinse and halve bell peppers, remove seeds and ribs and cut into strips. Cut bacon into cubes.
Heat oil in a saucepan and saute bacon, onion and bell peppers for 4-5 minutes. Add tomato paste and saute briefly. Deglaze pan with broth and pour in the pickle juice. Bring to a boil. Add bay leaf and simmer for about 10 minutes on low heat.
Cut gherkins into strips. Cut meat into strips and dice smoked pork (kassler). Add to the stew and heat through.
Add 60 grams (approximately 2 ounces) of sour cream and season with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Arrange stew on plates and garnish with remaining sour cream and fresh herbs. Serve.